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Mace, Thomas

Mace, Thomas

Mace, Thomas, English lutenist, singer, writer on music, and composer; b. probably in Cambridge, 1612 or 1613; d. probably there, c. 1706. He served as a singing-man at Trinity Coll., Cambridge in 1635. His Musick’s Monument; or, A Remembrancer of the Best Praticai Musick (London, 1676; facsimile ed. with transcription and commentary by J. Jacquot and A. Souris, 1958) is a valuable source for information about the musical activities and practices of the England of his time. It includes various compositions as well, including 8 of his own lute suites. Among his other works were 15 viol pieces. He also pubi, a curious vol., Riddles, Mervels and Rarities, or A New Way of Health (Cambridge, 1698).

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